"Still no tutus!" exclaimed a person attending the opening weekend of the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.
The Ballet company's dancers may be classically trained, but the premiere of "loveCRAZY" on Thursday was hardly traditional.
Choreographer Trey McIntyre thought beyond white tutus and "Swan Lake"-style symmetry. Think instead ankle-length fur coats and Latin flair - a Breakfast at Tiffany's meets "West Side Story" feel. "loveCRAZY" explored, not surprisingly, romance. The talented dancers pirouetted to music by Oregon salsa band Pink Martini, flirting between classical technique and cretive movement, and, as a testimony to the success of the theme, apparently with each other.
The premiere showcased innovative moments, including one that made a ballerina look like a human jump rope and another that can simply be described as a between-the-legs pass. The performers illustrated the infatuation, fantasy and occasional disillusionment of love.
The edgiest part of the piece featured a pas de deux that represented the turning point between love's fantasy and reality. A man and a woman attempted to dance together, but clearly the movement was forced. In the background "Que Sera Sera" played, with a melody that sounded somewhat like circus music gone bad. "It's a couple that's going through the postures of being in love, but there's something wrong underneath it," Mcintyre said.
Impressively, the performance, capped off by a medley of different dances, was pulled together in just two weeks. Not bad for such eye-popping art-in-motion. Aspen Santa Fe artistic co-directors Jean-Philippe Malaty and Tom Mossbrucker invited Brooklyn-based McIntyre to create a dance piece to the Pink Martini music on the Lycra-tight schedule.
-The Aspen Times